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Ac­tress Jes­sica Hen­wick is a Mar­vel in the mak­ing. By Mi­randa Thomp­son

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on Game of Thrones ac­tress Jes­sica Hen­wick

WHO? she has al­ready notched up plum roles in Game of Thrones and Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens, and now the Bri­tish ac­tress is pre­par­ing to knock us for six in the highly an­tic­i­pated net­flix se­ries Iron Fist. BIG BREAK Born to a sin­ga­porean-Chi­nese mother and zam­bian-english fa­ther, 24-year-old Jes­sica hails from the sur­rey coun­try­side. Hav­ing taken ‘act­ing classes when i could’, Jes­sica’s first job was lead role Bo on Spirit War­riors, a BBC chil­dren’s pro­gramme for which she did some mar­tial arts train­ing. ‘if it wasn’t for that show, i’m not sure where i’d be now,’ she says. in 2015 she first starred in Game of Thrones as bull­whip-wield­ing nymeria sand – ‘an in­sane ride’. Be­tween episodes she squeezed in film­ing for Star Wars. ‘it re­mains one of my best ex­pe­ri­ences ever on set – ev­ery­one was so happy to be there.’ COM­ING UP 2017 is shap­ing up to be Jes­sica’s year, with a lead­ing role in the tV adap­ta­tion of mar­vel Comics’ cult favourite Iron Fist. Game of Thrones alum­nus finn Jones plays danny rand, aka the epony­mous iron fist, a mar­tial arts ex­pert with su­per­hero strength. Jes­sica stars as Colleen Wing, who runs a mar­tial arts stu­dio. she de­scribes her char­ac­ter as ‘in­ter­est­ing. in a world where peo­ple are bul­let­proof and can fly, it takes some­thing ex­tra for an or­di­nary per­son to put her­self in the line of fire.’ mas­ter­ing Colleen’s im­pec­ca­ble skills meant end­less prac­tice. ‘When i wasn’t on set, i was train­ing – some­times on my lunch break.’ WATCH­ING ON NET­FLIX? ‘i’ve just fin­ished The Crown.’

Se­ries one of iron fist will be avail­able on Net­flix from Fri­day

In a world of su­per­heroes, it takes a lot for an or­di­nary per­son to put her­self in the line of fire

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